Fossil Friday Roundup: August 17, 2018

Featured Image: Spinosaurus aegypticus model. From Henderson (2018), CC-BY.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Specifying the External Impact on Fluvial Lowland Evolution: The Last Glacial Tisza (Tisa) Catchment in Hungary and Serbi (Quaternary)
  • Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene (PNAS)
  • Palaeoecology of the Upper Tournaisian (Mississippian) crinoidal limestones from South Belgium (Geologica Belgica)
  • Evolutionary history of plant hosts and fungal symbionts predicts the strength of mycorrhizal mutualism (Communications Biology)
  • Palaeozoic giant dragonflies were hawker predators (Scientific Reports)
  • Beetle Pollination of Cycads in the Mesozoic (Current Biology)
  • A Late Cretaceous amber biota from central Myanmar (Nature Communications)
  • The shark-tuna dichotomy: why tuna lay tiny eggs but sharks produce large offspring (RSOS)
  • A giant dapediid from the Late Triassic of Switzerland and insights into neopterygian phylogeny (RSOS)
  • Fossil snakes (Squamata, Serpentes) from the tar pits of Venezuela: taxonomic, palaeoenvironmental, and palaeobiogeographical implications for the North of South America during the Cenozoic/Quaternary boundary (PeerJ)
  • The palate and choanae structure of the Susisuchus anatoceps (Crocodyliformes, Eusuchia): phylogenetic implications (PeerJ)
  • A New Fossil Species of Boa Linnaeus, 1758 (Squamata, Boidae), from the Pleistocene of Marie-Galante Island (French West Indies) (JVP)
  • First report of Leptonectes (Ichthyosauria: Leptonectidae) from the Lower Jurassic (Pliensbachian) of Asturias, northern Spain (PalaeoE)
  • Description of a multitaxic bone assemblage from the Upper Triassic Post Quarry of Texas (Dockum Group) including a new small basal dinosauriform taxon (Historia Natural)
  • A buoyancy, balance and stability challenge to the hypothesis of a semi-aquatic Spinosaurus Stromer, 1915 (Dinosauria: Theropoda) (PeerJ)
  • The Endocranial Cavity of Oviraptorosaur Dinosaurs and the Increasingly Complex, Deep History of the Avian Brain (Brain, Behavior and Evolution)
  • Testosterone in ancient hair from an extinct species (Palaeontology)
  • Correction: Body-size structure of Central Iberian mammal fauna reveals semidesertic conditions during the middle Miocene Global Cooling Event (PLOS ONE)
  • The divergence and dispersal of early perissodactyls as evidenced by early Eocene equids from Asia (Communications Biology)
  • Possible predator avoidance behaviour of hominins in South Africa (South African Journal of Science)
  • The evolutionary roles of nutrition selection and dietary quality in the human brain size and encephalization (Nutrire)
  • Ribcage measurements indicate greater lung capacity in Neanderthals and Lower Pleistocene hominins compared to modern humans (Communications Biology)
  • Acheulean technology and landscape use at Dawadmi, central Arabia (PLOS ONE)
  • Microevolutionary processes impact macroevolutionary patterns (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • Rethinking Living Fossils (BioScience)

PrePrints and PostPrints:

  • Modern botanical analogue of endangered Yak (Bos mutus) dung from India: Plausible linkage with living and extinct megaherbivores (bioRXiv)
  • Tertiary dentine frequencies in extant great apes and fossil hominins (PeerJ)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:


  • 78th Annual Meeting, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP), October 17–20, 2018, Albuquerque, New Mexico (Link)
  • 2018 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, November 4–7, 2018, Indianapolis, Indiana (Link)
  • 1st Palaeontological Virtual Congress, December 1–15, 2018 (Link)
  • North American Paleontological Convention June 23–27 2019 (Link)



News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

Methods and Musings:

  • Scientists trace atmospheric rise in CO2 during deglaciation to deep Pacific Ocean (Link)
  • Learning from Past Climate Changes (Letters from Gondwana)
  • CT scanning a caudal vertebra of Diplodocus (SVPOW)
  • How long would it take to buy Elsevier instead of APCs or subscriptions? (SVPOW)
  • Episode 93: The History of Palaeontological Outreach (Palaeocast)
  • Flugsaurier 2018 – Los Angeles (Musings of a Clumsy Palaeontologist)

Museums, Folks and Fieldwork:

Art, Books, Culture, Fun:

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Published by Sarah Z. Gibson

Dr. Sarah Z. Gibson is a paleontologist and science communicator based in Minnesota. Her research focuses on the evolutionary history of ray-finned fishes from the Early Mesozoic.

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